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Right now, JJ Abrams is involved in some miiiiighty interesting stuff, but there’s a rumor going around online that’s so blatantly fake that it needs to be nipped in the bud right now. I’ve seen several websites and blogs linking to this blog and treating it like there’s even a slight chance anything about it is true. There’s not. It’s magnificent horseshit of the highest degree, and the author of that site obviously wants to be the Supershadow of THE DARK TOWER, a bald-faced fabricator who uses a property with a huge fanbase to try and satisfy their own sad need for attention. THE DARK TOWER isn’t shooting yet. At all. They’re nowhere near shooting it, either. Right now, JJ is gearing up on his STAR TREK movie. But not exclusively... there is another film that’s also getting some of his attention, and for a little while, it was creating some real confusion about what was going on over there. So what is CLOVERFIELD? Well, word from inside the company is that CLOVERFIELD is a giant monster movie, featuring something that's being referred to internally as "The Parasite," and we’re going to see a trailer for it very soon that’s been designed and shot even as we speak. I’m not sure if it’s going to be attached to TRANSFORMERS or if we’ll see it later in the summer, but it’s definitely coming soon. And the end of it should feature one of those iconic images that makes people talk about a trailer for months. And what makes this different than any other giant monster movie? Well, as I understand it, most of the film is going to be shot using home video cameras, as if from the point of view of real people who are experiencing an attack on New York. It’s designed as a fairly small picture, all things considered, and right now, they’re working to make sure the script is going to deliver some wild thrills (like an earthquake that levels Manhattan or an oil tanker flipping over by the Statue of Liberty), but that it’s not suddenly going to turn into a giant $150 million movie. It’s a tricky balance, and if they pull off everything they’re trying to do, CLOVERFIELD could be something really groovy. Not a man in suit in sight. We’ll keep our ears to the ground on this one and STAR TREK, and I’m sure down the road, there will be real DARK TOWER news to report. Just not yet.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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